This USB Will Self-Destruct: 'Unhackable' Drive Detects Attack
CREDIT: Victorinox Swiss Army
You may not be a spy, but if you carry sensitive data on a USB drive, you'll value the security features built into the new line of Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA) USBs, features that the company claims make its drives unhackable.
The Slim and Slim Duo (two USB heads in one unit) have an automatic self-destruct feature. The devices are capable of detecting brute force attacks― malicious programs that run through thousands of passwords in seconds with the goal of gaining entry to password-protected data―and then destroying the data stored on devices.
When the flash drive's system senses that an invader is getting close to determining the correct password, it triggers an electrical overload in the unit, much like blowing a fuse. All data is then lost.
In addition to requiring a password to access stored data, the drives encrypt incoming files to protect against someone who knows the password to the device, but should not read the stored material.
How much storage?
The single drive is available with 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of storage. The double drive consists of two 64 GB units in one casing.
The 128 GB dual drive is capable of storing 14.6 years worth of uninterrupted music, 50,000 photos taken with a 10-megapixel camera or 18 full length HD movies, according to a VSA statement.
Waterproof, shock-resistant and TSA-approved, the flash drives are available online from Swiss Knife Shop, Amazon, B&H Photo and Datavision, starting at $46.
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